Monday, September 20, 2010

Najib & Rosmah on Biscuit Tins

Last Tuesday, Dr. Devi Menon invited me to attend the Sai Masters Toastmasters meeting and so on Sunday afternoon, I did. I was the evaluator for Terry Netto (Midvalley Toastmasters Club) who was delivering his CC speech # 3: Get to the Point. What I liked about him is that he’s got a great voice – I had described it as being “richly-textured”. Anyway, I didn’t think I did the evaluation as well as Dr. Devi did when she evaluated Lincoln Leong (Sunway Toastmasters Club) who gave us a touching story – an Advanced speech. Actually I voted for her. And oh not forgetting, Priya Darshini for giving a helpful evaluation too for Ramesh Kumar and even Ravindran who did likewise for Kumara Devan. I still won the Best Speech Evaluator award though. And when I was one of six participants in the Table Topics session, again, I was voted the Best Table Topics Speaker. I must say that I did enjoy this meeting even though it started about twenty minutes late. I suppose you can blame it on external forces – there was massive traffic congestion along the Federal Highway at about 3:00 PM – very unusual for a Sunday – and there was a very brief but heavy downpour at about 4:00 PM. But I would like to come back to this Club again.
There's something new in the meeting agenda that I would like to copy – they've highlighted their DCP progress. This is a great idea because it permits every member to know where the club stands with regard to their DCP points and therefore, serves as a regular reminder that members must play their part to help their club earn these points.

In the New Sunday Times yesterday, it was reported that at the Open House hosted by Najib and his wife in Pekan, guests were also taking home kuih raya in tin containers (p 6). That’s okay (although I am tempted to ask, who is actually paying for this?), but when these containers bore the images of the couple – then I really begin to wonder whether we are starting to see the self-glorifying antics of somebody out to promote herself and her husband!?!?

In the much-anticipated EPL game between Liverpool and Manchester United, I was not surprised when the Reds lost 2-3! I was at the Cock & Bull at Merchant Square to see a very subdued Liverpool being outplayed by an aggressive Manchester United. Dimitar Berbatov’s brilliant hattrick gave Man U certain victory (42, 59, 84) and Steven Gerrard saved us the blushes when he replied with two superb goals (penalty, 64; 70). I had secretly hoped for a draw but really, if I was to be honest, Liverpool didn’t deserve even a draw.

On the other hand, I had read that the SPL match between Celtic and Kilmarnock was indeed entertaining. The latter had an impressive opening when Kilmarnock’s Conor Sammon collected an Alexei Eremenko pass to sweep the ball home past Celtic’s goalie (7). But Celtic fought back and managed to equalize through Daryl Murphy, who calmly converted a 41st-minute penalty and then, Anthony Stokes' close-range effort (52), won the game for Celtic.

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